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Great management theory, mediocre fiction
on 3 May 2016
The use of a fictional story to bring to life a management theory is a neat one, but the characters and dialogue are all pretty basic at best, and often slow moving even cumbersome. It's more interesting to read than a textbook on management theory would be, but not as convenient a reference source nor as enjoyable as a good novel would be.
So you have to battle through some fairly creaky plotting and speaking as the main protagonist, Alex Rogo, tries to turn around a factory and rescue his marriage at the same time.
However, the theory of constraints which Goldratt lays out in the book should be rescued from its means of communication as it is an important one, widely applicable in business and has propelled the book to its multi-million selling status.